Setting the scene
The Australia Council’s Designing Futures event in June 2018 brought together participants from a variety of industries including arts, science, medicine, business, education, technology and law.
Working in interdisciplinary teams, participants used a design thinking process to explore how change and disruption might be navigated, and what role the arts and artists could play in possible futures.
Designer, strategist and researcher, Tristan Schultz guided the participants in an interactive design session to:
- articulate present issues and challenges
- explore the impact of the far past
- generate multiple future scenarios, or ‘design fictions.’
‘We mapped pasts that have brought-forth presents, and are gathering as futures. We then mapped redirective future opportunities and identified the beginnings of future scenarios; design fictions.’
Participants constructed visual maps as a record of their thinking and the future scenarios imagined.
‘Tracking patterns of information and knowledge production in visual and relational ways has always been an Indigenous Knowledge process.’
– Tristan Schultz
The maps appearing on this page have been prepared and visually designed by Tristan Schultz of Relative Creative. They are created from those developed by participants on the Designing Futures Day held in the Darling Quarter, Sydney on June 22, 2018.